Rugby Union - IRB to become World Rugby

Rugby Union - IRB to become World Rugby
Brett Gosper, International Rugby Board (IRB) Chief Executive, addresses a media briefing in London on September 18, 2013, to mark two years to the day until the start of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. The 2015 Rugby World Cup begins on September 18, 2015, and will be held at various venues across England and Wales. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (AFP Photo/JUSTIN TALLIS)

- The International Rugby Board (IRB) is to change its name to World Rugby, the global governing body for rugby union announced.

The change will take effect from November 19, with the new brand and logo to be launched at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London on November 17.

The name change and rebrand was, officials said, a reflection of the IRB's "mission to build a stronger connection with fans, players and new audiences worldwide".